By Andrew Gans
18 Aug 2010
The Andrew Lloyd Webber song cycle plays the Kennedy Theatre in Raleigh, NC, Aug. 18-29 and The Kennedy Campbell Theatre at Barton College in Wilson, NC, Sept. 1-5. Matthew-Jason Willis directs the one-woman musical.
Tell Me On a Sunday features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black. Richard Maltby, Jr. worked with Black to revise the lyrics for the show's Broadway debut.
Originally produced as a record album starring English musical theatre star Marti Webb, "Tell Me On a Sunday" was combined with Lloyd Webber's "Variations" to form Song and Dance, a two-act concert for the London theatre. Marti Webb and Wayne Sleep starred in the initial London mounting. The show, in a revised form, opened on Broadway in 1985 starring Bernadette Peters, who won a Tony Award for her performance. Betty Buckley succeeded Peters in the role on Broadway. Others who have sung the score, which includes such tunes as "Tell Me On a Sunday," "Unexpected Song," "Take That Look Off Your Face" and "Come Back with the Same Look in Your Eyes," include Lulu, Sarah Brightman, Liz Robertson, Gemma Craven and Alice Ripley, the latter at the Kennedy Center. A revised version was later seen in London starring Denise Van Outen.
Shows take place at the Kennedy Theatre inside the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, NC. For tickets call (866) 811-4111 or visit the Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy website www.hotsummernightsatthekennedy.org.